NCS Mentor for Virginia
Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the statewide
availability of the Web-based version of
Mentor for Virginia, a
training tool designed to help Virginia’s teachers prepare students
for the English Standards of Learning Direct Writing Assessment.
Developed by the Virginia Department of Education and Pearson
Educational Measurement, this program provides practice-scoring
opportunities with sets of papers written by Virginia students.
Participants will be able to score papers in verification sets
and view scoring based on Virginia’s three-domain scoring model.
Teachers will gain better understanding of the Virginia Standards of
Learning Direct Writing Assessments for grade 5, grade 8, and end-of-course,
understand the use of rubrics in scoring student writing, and develop
consistency in scoring actual student work.
Teachers may also use this program with students to facilitate
their understanding of the expectations in each of the domains.
program will provide an opportunity to study anchor papers that
illustrate each score point of each domain and promote understanding of
the differences between score points.